Pulpit Reflections

Pulpit Reflections By Rev. Joe Villalobos I believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God; the word, who was one with the father before all worlds; the love gift of the father for the redemption of this world; and the one in whom the father is pleased to have all fullness dwell now and forever.

Because I believe this, I worship him as Alpha and Omega � the beginning and the end � for he precedes all and exceeds all that has or shall ever be. I receive and acknowledge him as redeemer, for he alone is adequate to furnish release and salvation for mankind. I honor him as lord above all, according to the father's desire that every knee bow and every tongue confess his name with praise.

I believe in Jesus Christ the sinless savior; the word made flesh through virgin birth, and a body thereby prepared for sacrifice as the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. I believe that in his death he bore the full weight and consequence of all our sins, that we through his blood might be justified before God, forgiven and cleansed in heart and conscience, and progressively purified in holiness of life.

Because I believe this, I welcome the personal triumph inlife that is mine because Jesus Christ has come in the flesh; I acknowledge him as my substitute in payment for my sins; I accept the divine release from all guilt or condemnation, since because of Jesus, the father's accounts show me as never having sinned; and I commit myself to him who gave his life for me, that he may live his life daily though mine, in thought, word and deed.

I believe in Jesus Christ the living lord; resurrected from the dead, a victor over hell's every power, ascended to the father's right hand, ruling in might, and ceaselessly interceding for his own.

Because I believe this, I walk in victory by faith in him; free from fear, delivered from darkness, secured by his power, reigning with him in life, and sustained by his constant watch over me.

With such a master as this, I can live in the confidence that all he has begun in me he will complete until he returns.

As a Christian we should be bold and courageous enough to make known to others what we believe so that they may have the opportunity to experience this wonderful life in Jesus Christ. The Bible instructs us in Matthew 28:19; to go into all the world and make disciples and again in Romans 1:16; For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation. Sharing what I believe in love.

Joe Villalobos is pastor at Faith Fellowship of the Open Bible, Vermillion.

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